Grand Theatre

729 Wabash Avenue,
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Grand Theatre

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Built on the site of the Variety Theatre, a vaudeville house. The Liberty Theatre was a first-run movie house, this theatre later was renamed Grand Theatre. After closing it was converted into a warehouse for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. It was demolished in the 2000’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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soybean on April 8, 2007 at 2:11 pm

When I was growing up this was known as the Grand Theatre. I attended several movies at this theatre, one being Gone With The Wind. I don’t remember this theatre being called Liberty Theatre. Toward the end of this theatre’s life, adult movies were shown.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

The article to which BWChicago linked in a comment above identifies J.E.O. Pridmore as the architect of the Liberty Theatre. The article also says that the Liberty was not an aka for the Variety Theatre (which the article calls the Varieties Theatre in any case), but was a new building erected on the site of the earlier theater.

In addition, the article says that the Liberty was called the Grand Theatre from 1960 until 1977, and that the building has been demolished (apparently in 2007.)

DavidAE on October 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

Here is a link to a photo collection about the theater with a lot of history:

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Here is a link to photo of the Liberty in the bottom right hand corner. There is also another theater building half a block east and the roof of the one that was across the street, a little to the west.

DavidAE on December 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Here is a picture of the Liberty in 1935 on the left side of the picture.

DavidAE on January 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm

If I recall, the paper removed the main floor and installed a two story press on the basement floor.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Here is the Indiana Memory Project’s postcard image of the Liberty Theatre, probably from the 1920s.

Page 71 of Terre Haute & Vigo County in Vintage Postcards, by Dorothy W. Jerse and John R. Becker (Google Books preview) has a photo of the Varieties Theatre (built 1907) and a drawing of the Liberty, which “…opened soon after World War I….” The book’s copyright is 2001 and it says that the structure was housing the Star-Tribune presses, so the demolition of the building took place in this century.

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